Thursday, July 27 | Clothe Yourself With Patience
Read Colossians 3:12–14
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Clothing ourselves with actual clothes is a daily activity. So is clothing ourselves in patience (and compassion, kindness, humility, and gentleness). Most of us are not naturally patient, particularly when we are tired, under stress, worried, fearful, or in a hurry. Just like with the other fruit of the Spirit, the only way to be patient (with the help of the Holy Spirit) is to practice patience—to be intentional about putting it on each day and reflecting back on how it went.
- In what situations or under what circumstances do you tend to be the most impatient? What happens in your mind and heart when you are impatient? What impact does it have on your family or friends?
- What would it mean in your life to put on patience each morning? What might you pray? Who might you talk to and invite into your patience practice?
God, help me to model patience wherever I am. Give me the grace to wear it throughout the day, and to practice it in situations where I might otherwise feel impatient. When I am tired, under stress, worried, or fearful, grant me Your perspective, wisdom, and energy. Help me to go beyond myself and to act in conjunction with Your Spirit. Amen.
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